Uwell Rafale Intro
Many of you have probably tried the Uwell Crown sub ohm tank and it remains our favourite tank to date, despite having reviewed over 40 other sub ohm tanks. Uwell have been very quiet and unlike other manufacturers they haven’t released many follow on versions of the Crown, bar a few different colors. In fact there was nothing much to improve upon on the Crown, so there wasn’t any need for any updates. Well Uwell have now broken their silence and have released a completely new sub ohm tank called the Rafale.
We have heard quite a few different pronunciations for this tank, so we had a little Google. I believe the Rafale is pronounced like the French pronunciation: [ʁafal], literally meaning “gust of wind”. Others have been referring to it as the “Rafael”, so call it whatever you want, we are sticking to the French pronunciation.
A big thanks to Monica at Uwell for sending us some Rafale tanks for review.
Let’s take a look at the Rafale below and see how it compares to the Crown!
Uwell Rafale Specs and Features
- One Uwell Rafale Parallel Coil Sub-Ohm Tank
- 2 ohm Parallel 316 Stainless Steel Coil (Preinstalled)
- 5 ohm Parallel 316 Stainless Steel Coil
- Additional O-Rings
- Additional Quartz Glass Tank Section
- Uwell Sticker, Manual, and Authenticity Card
- Price: $35 – $44.99
- Wattage Range: 40-80W (0.5ohm) 60-120W (0.2ohm)
- Tank Capacity: 5ml
- Coils Available: 0.2 ohm and 0.5 ohm 316 Stainless Steel Parallel Coils & 0.1Ohm Ni200
- Wicking material: Organic Japanese Cotton
- RBA: Vertical RBA deck available (purchased separately)
- Diameter: 24mm
Capture the King
Uwell are doing a golden ticket type experience, whereby you can get hold of one of the 500 limited edition Rafale tanks. There are 500 in the first production run of 100 000 tanks. Make sure to keep an eye out for those special editions!
Uwell Rafale vs. the Crown
Let’s take a quick look at how the Uwell Rafale differs from the Crown tank.
- 5ml tank capacity (Crown had 4ml)
- Larger air flow
- Vastly improved packaging and documentation (best packaging for a tank I have come across)
- Larger 24mm diameter
- New top fill (prefer the one on the Crown though)
- Non removable drip tip that comes with a removable silicon “condom”
- New vertical RBA system
- Nicer aesthetics on the Rafale
- Rafale kit only comes with two coils (Crown came with 3)
- New coils (non compatible with the Crown coils)
- The Rafale is shorter in height than the Crown
Vaping the Rafale 0.5ohm Parallel SS Coil (Recommended Wattage: 40-80W)
I went through the recommended wattages for this coil and I would recommend vaping it between 60-70W. I had no spit-back issues or dry hits at all.
Vaping the Rafale 0.2ohm Parallel SS Coil (Recommended Wattage: 60-120W)
I went through the recommended wattages for this coil and I would recommend vaping it between 85 – 100W. Again no spit back issues and the flavor was outstanding at those high wattages.
We are going to talk about flavor in this section as it is neither a “Like” or “Dislike”. The Crown has been our favourite sub ohm tank thus far in terms of flavor, so the Rafale has a lot to live up to. In our opinion the flavor on the Rafale is roundabout up there with the Crown, having used the 0.5ohm and 0.2ohm coils. The coils take a little while to break in, but once they do, the vape is fantastic. We preferred the 0.2ohm coil head when it came to flavor. The flavor isn’t however an improvement over the Crown, so if you are happy with the flavor on the Crown, there is no real need to get the Rafale, unless you are interested in the other improvements that the Rafale offers. This is our personal opinion and as always we would love to hear what our readers have to think in the comments below.
The Rafale is extremely very well crafted and you can tell Uwell took their time with this tank. The coils and tank itself were all squeaky clean with no traces of machine oil anywhere. The glass is made from Quartz and the tank is made from Stainless Steel. The tank is easily taken apart and overall the tank feels well put together and a lot simpler than the Crown.
Packaging and Documentation
One of the biggest changes came with the Rafale’s unique packaging. The Rafale kit comes in a elegant tin tube and is bubble wrapped to protect it from being damaged. You can re-use the tin tube for other things as well (we will be using it for coils). The documentation is also much improved and the instruction leaflet is well written and covers all the ins and outs of the Rafale tank and its specs. The packaging is really amazing with the Rafale and a step away from the standard packaging we have become used to for sub ohm tanks. We loved the bubble wrap that protects the tank and the contents in the tube and overall the packaging is really unique and noteworthy.
Improved Air Flow
The air flow on the Rafale is larger and more “airy” than on the Crown. The slider clicks nicely into place and there are three settings for the air flow. We use it fully open and the draw is similar to that of the Herakles Plus by Sense.
RIP Trippers in his video review of the Uwell Rafale talks about his tank leaking when using the top fill. Whilst we are not the biggest fan of the new top fill system, we didn’t encounter such leaking issues through the air flow holes when using the top fill. Let us know how you have been getting on with you Rafale tank in the comments below!
Anti Spit Back Protection
The Rafale implements an “Anti Spit Back” system. We aren’t really sure how it works, but when vaping on both of the coils we didn’t have any spit back issues, so it seems to do the job!
We prefer the looks of the new Rafale tank, compared to the Crown. It just looks slightly more refined and elegant in our opinion.
The Crown chucked pretty big clouds, but the Rafale, especially on the 0.2ohm, chucks even more clouds. If clouds are your thing, then you won’t be disappointed with the Rafale.
This wasn’t really an issue for us as the Rafale will sit nicely on most dual 18650 mods without overlapping. You might have an issue using thinner box mods that have a top width of less than 24mm, as the Rafale might overlap. We used the Rafale on our SMOK X-Cube II and it sat nicely with no overlap.
Non Removable Drip Tip
I know a lot of people like to use their own drip tips, so not having a removable 510 drip tip is a bit of a negative in my opinion. The Crown has a removable 510 and it would have been nice if the Rafale had followed suit.
New Top Fill System
The new top fill system on the Rafale involves twisting the drip tip to open and close it. We used a dripper bottle and it fits nicely into the holes. However, we found that when filling there tends to be some e-juice overflowing and bubbling out of the fill holes, which causes a little bit of leakage. It isn’t anything major, but we preferred the wider filling slots on the Crown.
Rafale Tank Gets VERY Hot
Sub ohm tanks in general all get quite warm especially at higher wattages. However, we found the Rafale got very hot even at its lower wattage ranges.
It is a positive that Uwell have released an RBA section for the Rafale, however we would have liked to have seen it be included in the kit given the Rafale’s price point. The Rafale RBA is a vertical RBA and is very different to that of the Crown. We aren’t RBA experts at all, but the new RBA section seems trickier to build on compared with that of the Crown. However, having said that, those who manage to build on the RBA have really enjoyed it.
We have been very critical in this review given how amazing the Crown Uwell tank is. Let us start by saying that the Rafale is a fantastic sub ohm tank and Uwell have done another amazing job. There is however, a few areas we think can be improved upon. The non-removable drip tip, tricky RBA section and new messy top fill, seem to be the main talking points. We do really like the extra 1ml capacity you get with the Rafale, the wider air flow, amazing build quality and lastly the improvement in looks and with the packaging. The flavor as with the Crown was absolutely fantastic (make sure to break your coils in properly before complaining about flavor). However, it didn’t surpass the Crown in terms of flavor, which to be honest was going to be a very tall order.
You have the Crown, should you get the Rafale? Honestly, most vapers won’t be able to resist trying the Rafale given the Crown’s mighty reputation. Our recommendation is that if you really enjoy your Crown for flavor and aren’t impressed by the extra 1ml, spit back protection and wider air flow, then stick with your Crown. If you really want more clouds, a wider air flow and that extra 1ml of e-juice capacity, then we can whole heartedly recommend giving the Rafale a try.
We look forward to hearing what our readers think in the comments section below!